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Meaning & Definition of Paternal in English

English

Paternal

/pətərnəl/

adjective

1. Belonging to or inherited from one's father

  • "Spent his childhood on the paternal farm"
  • "Paternal traits"
    synonym:
  • paternal

2. Characteristic of a father

    synonym:
  • paternal

3. Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

  • "Parental guidance"
    synonym:
  • parental
  • ,
  • maternal
  • ,
  • paternal

4. Related on the father's side

  • "A paternal aunt"
    synonym:
  • agnate
  • ,
  • agnatic
  • ,
  • paternal